New York Photo Review
Volume 2 Issue 37 October 25 to 31, 2011

Making Caribbean Dance by Susanna Sloat
The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
Soho Photo Gallery
Central Booking Magazine

Some Sort of Peace
Tim Hetherington
Long Story Bit by Bit
Ed Barnas
 by Tim Hetherington. Source: umbragebooks.com
Tim Hetherington

Tim Hetherington was killed on April 20, 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya. He was known for his long-term documentary work on social and political issues worldwide, principally his recent books and films dealing with the conflicts in Liberia and Afghanistan.

The current exhibition at Umbrage and the book of the same title contain images from his 2003-2007 coverage of the Liberian conflict and its aftermath. The prints on display rarely show actual conflict though there is visible menace in some images (a helmeted policeman outside a motel, a group of LURD fighters, a thief caught and beaten by a crowd). Rather, they document the people and the environment of a land in turmoil trying to find some sort of peace. The image I found most chilling, however, was one of war graffiti showing a helicopter with a man shooting down from the side door.

Abandoned aid projects figure in several images: an ex-combatant squatter in an unfinished bank building; a bucolic landscape viewed through the window of an abandoned hospital. Other images show signs of change: women, one with a baby on her hip, bringing RPGs and ammunition to a disarmament point, another of stacked weapons waiting to be scrapped. But that of a small fishing boat sailing by the rusting hulk of a beached freighter was possibly the most haunting. And then there is one odd confluence: a photo of a portrait of Sekou Conneh from a magazine photo of that warlord taken by Hetherington.

While the bulk of the images are presented singly in a square format, two 3 x 3 grids of smaller images in the back room of the gallery bear viewing: one of street portraits in Monrovia, the other of empty rooms filled with graffiti left behind by the various factions.

After viewing this show it was heartening to hear that two of the three winners of the Nobel Peace Prize this year were from Liberia.

Tim Hetherington
Long Story Bit by Bit


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The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
Making Caribbean Dance by Susanna Sloat
Central Booking Magazine
Soho Photo Gallery